Carol Roderick recently retired as Director of Dance of the Hartt School Community Division at the University of Hartford, CT. She was an assistant professor of ballet and pedagogy at Colorado State University (Fort Collins) previous to coming to Connecticut. She has taught, coached, and trained students and teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan and and Europe.
She has coached and prepared students for the Prix de Lausanne, Japan Grand Prix, New York International Ballet Competition and the USA International Ballet Competition, (Jackson), as well as local and regional scholarship competitions throughout the USA. She has been a guest teacher for many schools and companies, including The Harid Conservatory, Kansas City Ballet School, Boston Ballet, St. Paul City Ballet, Kumamoto Ballet (Japan), City of Osaka (Japan), and University of Utah.
She is known as a meticulous, skilled and inspirational teacher. She is also a knowledgeable and precise coach and stager of classical repertoire. Her students are known for their clarity and strength of technique, musical expressiveness, and beautiful movement quality. Many of her students have gone on to professional performance, choreographic, and teaching careers.
Sonia Plumb is Artistic Director of Sonia Plumb Dance Company, a modern-contemporary dance troupe based in Hartford, Connecticut. She has choreographed over 50 dances during her career including five full-length dance works. Sonia attributes her artistic style to a morphing of ideas with dance, constantly seeking to observe, learn, question, and collaborate. Her collaborations include composers, puppeteers, singers, digital media, professors and film-makers. In addition to her role with the Company, Sonia has served as the first Artist-in-Residence at the University of St. Joseph (2012-2015). She has taught at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, the Hartford Conservatory, and has guested at Miss Porters, Watkinson School, the National High School Dance Festival, and many other renowned educational arenas.
Sonia is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, received a National Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive the Community Legacy Project award for her Arts Integration programs (2015). Born and raised in Vermont, she migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance.
Myles Langston (Ballet for Boys, Combo Class, Modern Foundations, Repertory)
Myles Langston Hunter is a graduate of Julliard (2019). He is a native of Los Angeles, California where he attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Myles is a recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship to attend the Juilliard School majoring in Dance. While attending Juilliard, he has performed the works of choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska. He has also had the honor of performing at the Guggenheim Museum, showcasing the While at Juilliard he was selected to travel to Botswana, South Africa to teach dance and theatre to underserved students interested in the performing arts. In his spare time, Myles builds his skills as a clothing, costume and dance wear designer.
Rachna Agrawal (Kathak)
Performer, choreographer, educator, and published author Rachna Ramya Agrawal received a Master's degree in dance from the prestigious Pracheen Kala Kendra in India. She also trained in Choreography at the Natya Institute of Choreography in New Delhi, India. In addition to her degrees in dance, Rachna also holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, a Master's degree in Hindi Literature from Delhi University, and a senior diploma in Classical Indian Vocal Music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Rachna has won many awards in dance, including a gold medal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, in recognition of her Kathak skill. Currently, she is on teaching faculty at Trinity College in Hartford and is also the Artistic Director of the Sumbhaav School of Kathak Dance. Rachna is listed in the Arts for Learning Artist roster and performs and conducts residencies in various schools in CT. Rachna is also the CT Commission on the Arts teaching artist since 1993.
Richard Pye (Contemporary, Repertory)
Richard hails from Great Britain where he graduated from the London Contemporary School of Dance. He studied at SUNY Purchase dance. He has toured extensively throughout Europe working with choreographers Catilin Barnett, Russell Maliphant, Rosemary Lee, XXX and XXX. This is his second Artist in Residency with Sonia Plumb Dance.
LINALYNN SCHMELZER (River Valley Dance Workshop)
Mrs. Schmelzer has over 20 years of choreography experience. Creating solos, duets and ensemble work. She finds inspiration in nature, human relationships as well as poetry and paintings. Mrs. Schmelzer believes that everyone has dances waiting to be made and this workshop will support each participant in their creative process from beginning to end.